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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Genre:
Fantasy-TBS
Platform:
Windows, Mac
Release:
TBC 2013
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a digital collectible card game set in the Warcraft universe. The game is based around 1v1 card game matches and will operate online through Blizzard's Battle.net.

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Bukkhead
Obligatory New Month Hearthstone Report

Out with the old, in with the new. Fired up Hearthstone this morning to see how I did and what I got from the rank rewards. Free to Play (F2P) account: Rank 18, Restart at Rank 22. Played a few games with a cheap C’zoo deck to finish a quest. I heard rumors that maybe we get the Adventure this month? I’m sitting on enough gold now to buy it for sure. Feels good man.

Pay to Win Account (P2W). Finished at Rank 12, restart at rank 20. This month I’m going to get as many Mage wins as possible. So I jumped right in with Tempo Mage, and went 8 and 1! All the way to Rank 16! And then lost. Alot. Oh it was humiliating. Eventually got my 10th win of the day. Switched to Wild (rank 22) with a silly Reno Freezy N’Zoth deck. 2-0 with that, up to Rank 21.

Which puts me at 250 Mage wins, total. IF I can manage 10 wins per day, That’s Golden Mage by July 26th. Then again: I have a job, a baby, a wife who likes it when I’m productive, not to mention days coming up where I will not be anywhere near my PC. So, if I can get to, say, 400 or so, I’d count that as a good month.

Elloa
  • Jul 12, 2016, 10:18:27 AM
Elloa

ooh hello! @Bukkhead I just discovered your blog! You seems to enjoy Heartstone quite a bit! Do you stream it too sometimes?

Firkan
  • Jul 12, 2016, 10:45:46 AM
Firkan

managed to get 500 wins on my paladin before the expansions playing a lot, since the big changes I find myself bored really quick with the game so just play a few matches now and then

Bukkhead
  • Jul 12, 2016, 8:11:58 PM
Bukkhead

Thanks @Elloa! Yes, I probably play Hearthstone too much. I don't stream, though. Thought about it-- not sure if folks want to watch my Rank 15 follies :)

Aenara

Managed to steal a buffer paladin's massive Eldritch Horror. Pally thought he'd be okay since he had C'Thun to launch at me. Yet, in Old God style, the Paladin was betrayed when C'Thun left me and my minions with 1 health. Ha! #Hearthstone

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Bukkhead
Brawl for Y'all

This week's Hearthstone brawl is a co-op. You get to be either Shaman or priest, and you take turns with the other person trying to whittle down Nefarian from 200 life. Sounds daunting, don't it? He starts off with 0 attack power, then ramps that up to 5, and then 10. He does some AoE stuff in there as well, but your decks are stacked with enough buff and survive and draw to keep him going.

My partner and I managed to win my first try; my wife and her companion got him down to 2 before running out of cards. That's my only "complaint" about the brawl: it takes a long time, as long as both players going to fatigue takes (in my game, my partner ran out of cards the turn before we won). So this isn't one of those get-in, get-win, get-pack, get-out brawls.

Which is why I haven't bothered playing it on my F2P account yet, as I haven't felt like setting aside 25 minutes to do so. Maybe tomorrow.

Bukkhead
A Night at the Opera

Jumped into ye olde H-stone for the second wing of Karazhan. Not a lot to say about it. It was not as absolutely straightforward as the first wing, but it went easy enough. Against Juliana (HP: 4, summon Romulo. Julianna takes no damage when Romulo is on the board) I took in Dragon Warrior. Done. For Big Bad Wolf (HP: passive, enemy minions are 1/1 and cost 1) I made a dragon priest deck… done. For The Crone (HP: 0, deal 100 damage, can't be used if Dorothee is alive) Dragon Warrior was instafail, so I took in an experimental priest deck that used a lot of battlecry: summon minions. Easy. Then I did the class challenges.

So that was 15 minutes of my life. It was fun enough, and I always like getting new cards. Not much else to say- if you play Hearthstone, you already know all this, and if you don't, why have even read this far?

Bukkhead
Might As Well Mention Karazhan

Since July was "play hearthstone every day to get that golden mage" month, I've barely played at all this month. I get on for the brawl and the free card pack, of course, but after that, my heart's not in it. I wasn't even that excited about the new expansion.

Which is not a knock on the expansion itself. Nor do I fear I've lost my Hearthstone mojo. It'll come back, never fear. And meanwhile, the expansion has released the first wing. Whee.

If I recall, the first expansion we got, Naxxramas, was kinda hard. So was Blackrock Mountain. League of Explorers, on the hand, was pretty easy, and Karazhan is looking to be the same way. I was able to beat each boss my first try, whether it was a game that provided pre-made decks, or games where I went in with Dragon Warrior.

Easy, but fun. The prologue was a crazy game that depleted both our decks, the Silverware Golem was cute, the "Chess" showed off some really innovative mechanics, and Mirror afforded a board state that easily snowballed into wild zaniness.

But the rewards, the new cards themselves? Meh, I'm not smart enough to tell you if they're any good or not. Go watch the streamers, they got all the opinions.

Bukkhead
Goal Reached: 500 Wins with Mage

Holy cow what a grind. Today I just decided to go for it and pushed out 25 wins to finish off the run. All Mage. Variations on tempo in Standard, and some mech stuff in Wild. Overall negative win rate, but I don't care. I'm done. It's over. “And I never have to play mage again (tm).

There for a while Wild was my bread n butter, as I quickly shot up to 10 or so, and hovered. Peaked at 8, then dropped back down to the low 11s. I thought Wild was where it's at- at least the games are quick. At least I can fit in Secret Eater against Secret Paladin.

But lots o' losses in Wild sent me back to Standard, and I finished at Rank 6. That's as high as I've ever made it-- and it begs the question. Should I switch to Warrior for the last few days of the season?

I don't know. Playing against warrior takes forever. I can only imagine what it must be like when it's a mirror match up. Then again, there are many different warriors to choose from (I should know, I got schooled by them all: Dragon, Control, OTK, even Pirate).

But what if I can make it to Rank 5? If I could do that, it would set a new bar for me: Rank 10 was my “legendary" rank, but if I make it to 5, that will have to become my new goal. And sheesh, I'm tired. However, I kind of get it now. People say that hitting legend (or whatever rank you're going for) is, more or less, a matter of grinding. Yes, there's skill, but even with skill, it's a slog.

We'll see. For now, I'm looking forward to non Hearthstone things. Just in time to cool off before the new adventure, One Night in Karazhan, arrives in two weeks. Sweet!

Bukkhead
Forgot to Mention This: Made Rank 10 (and then 9)!

Last week I was getting in a few games before my weekend of non-gaming. Managed to get to Rank 10 in Hearthstone. For people who are good at the game, that’s nothin’ For me, it’s my “legend” rank. And I did it in Wild!

There aren’t as many people playing wild, and there seems to be fewer metagame decks being played. I see the occasional Secret Paladin, but that’s about it so far. I’ll go up against someone a few rank higher than me, or lower- and that never happens in standard. And I rarely see warrior-- half my games in standard are against warriors.

So, while my Standard play struggles, my Wild play is hanging in there. I also got my 400th Mage win today-- just 100 to go, and I never have to play Mage again (ha). I’m still going to try and get that golden mage before the end of July. May be a little tighter now for having missed 3 and a half days, but I think it’s doable. Maybe I can get in a 20-win game on a day here or there.

Bukkhead
Lost my Gaming Mojo (But I’ll Get it Back)

Argh. No blog update in almost a week. What gives? I’ll tell you what gives: Hearthstone, me a headache. Grinding out these mage wins has been a chore. I mean seriously. Me slumped in my office chair, each loss another kink in my back, each win bearing barely a sigh. I tell you what. This life. It’s not for the weak.

Ah, who am I kidding. Brought it on myself, didn’t I, and no foolin. All things in moderation, as they say. But I can get obsessed me, so maybe I need an intervention. … NAH! I’m a soldier! I will press on. That breach, Hank, you and me!

So yeah, I’ve been able to stay on schedule with the Hearthstone. 10 wins a day, and have been splitting those between Standard and Wild. And my Wild rank is actually higher some days than my Standard! I just assumed Wild would be nothing but OP decks, but Mech Mage has been holding its own. And since it sort of plays itself, it’s not even that taxing, mentally. Sometimes I even do crossword puzzles while I’m grinding.

Bukkhead
300 Mage Wins (200 To Go)

Note: I wrote this last week, but forgot to post it.

Been hitting it hard with Mage this month, going for them 500 wins, going for that Gold. Because that’s do-able, as opposed to hitting Legend. Heck, hitting Rank 10 is a chore. I can’t get up the gumption even for that.

But I can manage ten wins a day. Usually. (Thank the Yogg for Wild). Had a 10-10 day in Standard, and another day I went 5-14. However, I’ve also had a 5-3, a 10-7, and today a 9-6. When I get frustrated with Tempo in Standard, I switch to Mech Mage in Wild. 4-0, 5-1, 1-0… you get the picture.

Speaking of Tempo- was playing the Tempo Storm Meta Report version, and getting frustrated. Tried swapping in and out Antonidas, Pyroblast… nothing was really consistent. So I switched to Kolento’s version, which has a Polymorph, Ethereal Conjurors, and faceless Summoners. Those games have been a little bit better.

Here are few crazy moments so far:

Losing to Rogue and only Yogg in my hand, so I played him. After the dust settled, I wasn’t much better off, although Solemn Vigil drew me a few cards, and he was at 11 life. He gets a Sylvanas on board, pinged by Snipe. So I tossed down an Azure Drake and Mirror Image, ping for one. He plopped down an Abomination. I top decked a Roaring Torch. Torch with Azure is 7, Azure into Abomination is two more, and ping for lethal.

Losing to Warrior. My hand was empty and he was armored up all over the place. He played Malkarok, and got Cursed Balde. I top decked Ragnaros, who went face, and I pinged him for another two. He played something that didn’t kill me, and I top decked Frostbolt, and ping finished him off. Lesson learned: if you’re winning, don’t play Malkarok

Losing to Mage. He’s already played Rhonin, who died, but with Effigy in play to give him back a Chromaggus. He plays all them missiles, killing my Azure Drake and Brann Bronzebeard. I’ve got one card left: Yogg. Yogg does what he does: wipes the board, draws me a bunch of cards (Azure Drake, Archmage Antonidas, two Frostbolts, an Arcane Missile, and an Arcane Blast) hits the other guy in the face, hits me in the face. I’m at two life. My opponent is at 16. He has 6 cards in hand. He plays Arcane Intellect, Ethereal Conjuror, and pings me in the face for one. I draw Flamewaker. Frostbolt (3+2=5), Arcane Blast (2+2=9) Arcane Missiles (3+2=14) Frost (3+2=19).

Bukkhead
Tavern Brawl: A Repeat, and Totally New

note: I write this last week, but forgot to post it.

Tinkertown gnomes are testing their prototype card-bot: Optimotron. The card you draw on turn 1 will be a 1-cost card, if you have one. On turn 2, a 2-cost card…

I have no imagination, so I went full C’thun. On my Pay-to-Win account: Zombie Chow for the 1 drop, C’thun dudes all the way up to 7, Alexstraza at 9. The only place on the curve that was out of my control was 8, where I filled out the deck so I’d have 30 cards.

I went 3-0 with C’thun Hunter to finish a quest, then 3-1 with C’thun druid to finish another quest. The game I lost? C’thun Shaman. And in all 6 wins, I never had to play C’thun at all.

So I switched over to my Free-to-Play account. That one doesn’t have all the sexy C’thun cards (like Twin Emperors). So I did what I could, tossed in Reno for 6, Kel’Thuzad at 8, Rafam at 9. Went 2-1… in both my wins, I managed to get Stalag and Feugen AND Kel’Thuzad. It was bananas.

We’ve seen this brawl before, but not since Wrath of the Old Gods came out. So it’s totally different. Betcha we see it again after the next expansion too… and since it’s “wild” rules in terms of which cards you can use, I expect it to get just better and better … until it’s broken.

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Bukkhead
Wild YOLO Most-Gods Reno Milkshake Priest Nonsense

Made a cheap-ass miracle rogue deck on my free-to-play account, went 5-1 to finish off a quest. Hooray.

Hopped over to my pay-to-win account. Priest quest. Ugh. Well, let’s make the best of it. We’ll go Wild, and we’ll go wild. Deathrattle minions, steal-’em spells, C’thun minions. Reno and C’thun and N’zoth, oh my. And why not Yogg. Why the heck not.

Results? Well, I’m playing Wild at Rank 19, so, you know. Every loss is to be expected and every win is sheer luck. But oh my Old-Gods, the fun when it all comes together. Top decking Yogg and clearing the board, setting up C’thun, and then throwing down N’zoth.

I can only imagine how irritating this deck is to play against. The Reno come-back. The Sylvanas/Cabal Shadow-Priest/Shadow-Madness steals. Thoughtsteal and Mindgames and Mind Vision.

Back when the Hearthstone devs announced Standard and Wild, I assumed Wild would just be the land of broken OP decks. But so far, it has been, actually wild, as in wild-n-crazy.

I’m half-tempted to craft Y’Shaarj, just to put him in there.

Bukkhead
The Shattered Menagerie (Hearthstone Noir)

The name on the frosted glass say “Proudmoore” but my friends call me Jaina. Not that I have too many friends left, on account of a bad night last week at the Slaughtered Lamb. Me and Antonidas got into our cups and when somebody at the bar ordered Fireballs, well... We got banned. Not that it matters, since the Lamb doesn’t exactly have a roof anymore, or walls.

But I digress. Today’s story’s about a little weasel called Gul’dan. I’d mean that literally if my polymorph spells had gone off correctly, but things rarely go right when you’re three sheets to the wind and top decking just to stay alive. Then again, sometimes The Maker keeps you around a little longer, if only because you’re more amusing alive and tortured than dead and at peace. Jerk.

Sorry, more digression. Let’s cut to the chase. Your standard duel, Gul’dan with the zoo and me with the tempo. I’m swapping frost bolts for voidwalkers and he’s running Darkshire Councilmen into my Water Elementals. The ground around us littered with imp corpses and dead cult sorcerers. I don’t even know why I keep those guys around. It’s not like I’m a big fan of C’thun.

Anyway, I’ve got him down 4 life, but my hand is empty. Meanwhile, he’s got a Mountain Giant, pumped up twice with a few Defenders of Argas. The Giant ignores Bloodmage Thalnos and a Sorcerer's Apprentice, and hits me in the face. Have you seen this face? It’s not made for snogging with 20-foot tall creatures made out of stone (And I’d like to see the face that is… on second thought, no I wouldn’t). I’m at three life.

He steps back and ends his turn, saying “Well played,” in an oily voice. You know how some guys can say “Nice Flame Lance!” and it makes you smile, and others guys, all they say is “I greet you,” and you want to take a shower for ninety minutes and shave off all your hair? Yeah, like that last one.

At this point I’m out of fireballs and frostbolts, but what’s a girl gonna do? I’ve got nine mana crystals to play with. I top deck an Arcane Intellect. Play that, draw a Flamewaker (where were you five turns ago?) and an Acolyte of Pain. Play the little S&M bastard, and ping him- he thanks me for it with one more card. Oh looky, a Forgotten Torch. Bloodmage adds his plus-one, and Guldan is toast.

Back in my office, I’m celebrating with a half-full bottle of Old Noggenfogger, when she walks in. Red leather bustier, red cape, red hood. “Valeera,” I mutter. “What brings you here? Problem with a big bad wolf?”

She just shrugs, pulls out a deck. “Heard you made a crater out of Gul’dan. Wanna try a real fight?”

Oh, it is on.